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Vance McAllister readies for Washington

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Vance McAllister hasn't ever been to Washington. He'll make his first trip this week - as Louisiana's newest congressman.

The Republican businessman was meeting Monday with his predecessor, Rodney Alexander, to start working out the details of his new job representing the 5th District after his surprise, 20-point election win over the weekend.

McAllister's planning to hire much of Alexander's staff, saying he needs to keep people who know the district and Congress.

The congressman-elect has never held elected office, but he says he's not worried about a rough transition.

There's a bit of a waiting game left before McAllister can take the oath of office and officially start working. The election results must be certified, a process that the Louisiana secretary of state's office says will take another week.

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